I believe that small acts of kindness make a difference.
They are easy.
Everyone can do it.
And if everyone does it, things can change in a big way.
I was thinking about Newtown and what happened to their community. It was so profoundly tragic, it touched the deepest part of my soul.
It changed me.
I wanted to reach out to the families and the community in a very personal way. Something simple, yet powerful.
I was fortunate enough to stumble across the an article written by Anna Gonzalez called “11 small acts that can have a huge impact”.
An inspiring list. It was hard to choose. But after careful consideration, I selected the number one item on the list.
The Connecticut Parent Teacher Association was organizing a Sandy Hook tribute.
The National PTA website posted, “When school resumes for Sandy Hook, it will be in a new building. Parent-volunteers are working to ensure that the students are welcomed back by a winter wonderland with the entire school decorated with as many unique snowflakes as possible.”
What better message of love and hope that to decorate their new school in snowflakes. Thoughts of happiness, rebirth, and sanctuary came to mind. Each snowflake as unique as each child attending the school.
My daughters are too young to understand or know about what happened in Newtown, but I still thought I could teach them a lesson in kindness. Help them understand how something as fun as making an art project and sharing it, might bring a smile to another child’s face.
I searched the web for snowflake crafts and came across the perfect idea for us.
Our twist was to paint each snowflake and carve our initials on the back; each one was a unique statement of love. Hug on a string. Smile carved in clay. Hope in a jar of glitter paint.
We sat down with our art supplies. Eyes shining bright with excitement; tiny hands anxious to start.
I explained these ornaments were for special children starting at a new school, and we were going to help them feel welcome by making snowflakes. No complicated or scary explanation. Just a simple one that even my youngest daughter understood and appreciated.
We packed them carefully into a brightly colored gold box embossed with snowflakes and enclosed a note from our family.
I spent some time thinking about what to say. Pondered what words would be meaningful. In the end I came up with this:
Thoughts of love,
Thoughts of hope.
We molded, painted, and wrapped them both.
In these snowflakes made just for you.
Ava and Mia Bey
I hope our homemade snowflakes send a message of love, healing, and strength to the families of Newtown.
Our hearts are with you.
If you would like to participate, click on this link for the Snowflakes for Sandy Hook project.